Freedmen Bureau Education Report of May 1868


on Education of Freedmen and Refugees in Sub-District, State of Florida in charge of Bat. Maj. R. Comba USA

for the Month of May 1868, [in accordance with order contained in Circular No. 5 Bureau R., F. & A.L.]

1. Name of your Sub District? Sixth Mil. Sub District embracing Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk & Manatee.

2. Whole number of Refugee or Freedmen’s Schools in the District? One Day? —-  Night? One Sabbath?

3. Location of Schools? Brooksville, Hernando Co.

4. Whole number of Teachers?      White? One Colored?  competent to instruct in the primary branches only

5. Name and post-office address of Day School Teacher?  Rev. Mr. Roberts    Brooksville, Hernando Co. Fla.

6. Whole number of School-houses for Freedmen in your District? one    Their condition, capacity, value, and by whom owned?  owned by Dr. Stringer of Hernando Co. is in fair condition   capacity for forty or fifty scholars    value about $600.00

7. Number of your visits to Schools? None Day? None Night? None Sabbath? —-

8. Number of educational meetings held by you during the month? None Where?

9. Number and names of places, now destitute, in which Day-Schools might be organized? Tampa & Alifia Hillsboro Co.

10. Number of pupils (estimated) who would attend such Schools? Seventy at Tampa.  Forty at Alifia

11. Amount which would probably be raised by the Freedmen, for school purposes, in each destitute neighborhood? The freedmen are unable to raise any funds at present.  no assistance need be expected from the whites in the district.

12. What efforts are you making to secure the support of schools by pupils, parents, boards of education, or the State Government? The School at Brooksville Hernando County is self sustaining, assistance & a good teacher is needed to establish this School on a permanent basis.

13. Whole number of additional School-houses, for Freedmen, now wanted in your Sub-District?  three, one at Tampa one at Brooksville & one at Alifi, the school house now occupied at Brooksville does not belong to the Freedmen.

14. Could you organize your Sub-District into School Districts, each with a School Committee pledged to carry on schools therein? School societies are now organized at Tampa & Brooksville & if schools were once properly organized at these places the Boards of Trustee would do all they could to carry them on.

15. To what extent would help from without be needed in such cases? paid teachers, to purchase lots, & erect school Houses, the most of the labor would be performed by the freedmen.

16. What is the public sentiment as to the education of the Freedmen and Poor Whites? there is a prejudice against educating the Freedmen.  I have heard no expression against educating the poor whites but there is no provision made for educating the children of those who are unable to pay.

17. Are Night-Schools for Adults needed in your District? Yes   In what way would they be carried on? One at Tampa, the Teacher of the Day School would be able to attend to it, the night scholars could afford to pay reasonable tuition from 25 to 30 scholars would attend.

18. What more can this Bureau do for educating the children of Refugees (or Poor Whites)? to establish a free school in each county open to all persons of all color.  after a short time such schools might be made self sustaining or nearly so.

19. How long will Northern-charitable aid be needed for Freemen and Refugee Schooled of your District? until the state makes some provision for their support or until the people referred to take a more active interest in keeping up schools among themselves, than what they exhibit at present.

I hereby certify, on honor, that I have given person attention to the matters herein named, and that the answers given are according to my best knowledge and belief, correct.

(Signed) Rich Comba

Sub-Asst. Com., Bureau R.,F., & A.L.